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Re: Skylink Express

#26 Post by Swass » Mon Jun 15, 2015 6:03 pm

As a pilot for Skylink of two years, with experience at 2 other similar operators, I can with all honesty say that it is a good place to work, I work with a great bunch of people who stick together, help eachother, and preform well as a team. I have no reason whatsoever to come on here and defend Skylink, why does it matter to me what a bunch of people say about it? no skin off my back, I just felt the urge to give my experience, if all the things said were true I wouldn't be writing this.
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Re: Skylink Express

#27 Post by skylinkexpress » Mon Jun 15, 2015 6:54 pm

In an effort to set our record straight for the readers on this forum, here is our SkyLink Express!
Brantford Beech Boy wrote:Is the whole op still run out of Dick's home basement office?

BBB
SkyLink Express facilities…
- YQM is home to our SOC Centre, which contains System Ops Control, MTC Control, Quality Assurance, Tech Records and Stores
- YYZ area has our HQ and Accounting Offices
- YVR, YWG, YHM, YMX, YHZ are our Pilot bases
- YVR, YWG, YHM, YMX, YQB, YQM, YHZ, YYT are our maintenance facilities

Hope this assists your understanding of our corporate footprint from coast-to-coast.
boeingboy wrote:Sorry - you have me confused with someone else.

I never wrenched there. Never flew there - nor would I want to.
Our sentiments exactly whenever we read any of your posts involving SkyLink Express!
You must have us confused with another company as you have yet to post a single truthful fact about us.
Instead you repeatedly attempt to reinforce your own self-worth from atop an anonymous soapbox by erroneously slandering an entire team of over 100 aviation professionals with complete fabrications.
Focus your posts to what you actually know because, whether you are a disgruntled employee or not, it’s obvious you know nothing about us.

Now, more of what we truely are.

Our team focus is on,
- Safety first and foremost as without it we have nothing.
- Solid SOPs to provide pathways to maintain our safety, performance, and client satisfaction.
- Sincere and open communication at every level to allow our team to adapt, find solutions, and improve daily.
- Stable contracts to provide long-term employment for everyone on our team, revenue to keep the lights on, and the means to grow with the right opportunity.

This is the foundation every person at SkyLink Express builds their day upon to safely and effectively operate as a team.
We simply empower each team member with what they need, and as professionals, we collectively get the job done safely, efficiently, economically and to our client’s satisfaction.

Nice words; easy to type; not as easy to live by!
Agreed, perfect plans rarely equal perfect performances.
This is especially true in aviation so our team constantly seeks ways to improve as we all know perfection is a myth.

After more than 20 years of improvements though, our team has many accomplishments to be proud of:
- Safe, gainful employment for over 100 aviation professionals with a substantial portion of the team having 5, 10 or many more years’ service with us.
- Recruitment focal point of Westjet, Jazz, Porter, AC, etc. (this is definitely a curse too but it reflects well on the talent existing throughout our team). We have had more than one leave for Cathay Pacific.
- Lasting industry partnerships with our continent-wide clients and vendors.
- Timeless relationships with training schools to offer real aviation employment that considers class schedules.
- Surviving multiple economic down-turns and expanding our company into the largest regional courier feeder operator in Canada.
- Operating the largest fleet of B1900C and second largest C208 fleet in Canada
- Expanding to 1200 monthly departures to more than 30 North American cities
- Building a Sr. Management team comprised entirely of Pilots and AMEs who approach each decision with those hats still firmly in place.

Yes, SkyLink Express is a business, but some on this forum seem to think businesses are faceless bricks and mortar; rather, they are people who found their own reasons (pay, schedule, lifestyle, etc.) to join a corporate team and help the company move forward every day.
Hopefully by better understanding our company and the calibre of people on our team, professionals on this forum will have even more reasons to view SkyLink Express as the great air cargo carrier it has become over the years.
We’re also hopeful by setting the record straight here we may assist certain unprofessional types on this forum from thoughtlessly, anonymously and erroneously slagging the great people who are our SkyLink Express team.
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Re: Skylink Express

#28 Post by boeingboy » Tue Jun 16, 2015 12:56 am

:roll:

That's some pretty strong cool-aid your drinking........but - whatever helps you sleep better at night.

Keep dreaming! :wink:
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Re: Skylink Express

#29 Post by AirMail » Tue Jun 16, 2015 8:54 am

skylinkexpress wrote: Yes, SkyLink Express is a business, but some on this forum seem to think businesses are faceless bricks and mortar; rather, they are people who found their own reasons (pay, schedule, lifestyle, etc.)
From what I understand, pay wouldn't be one of the reasons there now would it?
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Re: Skylink Express

#30 Post by BeaverDreamer » Tue Jun 16, 2015 9:10 am

AirMail wrote:
skylinkexpress wrote: Yes, SkyLink Express is a business, but some on this forum seem to think businesses are faceless bricks and mortar; rather, they are people who found their own reasons (pay, schedule, lifestyle, etc.)
From what I understand, pay wouldn't be one of the reasons there now would it?
Well even 24k is a lot better than what some instructors make... Most people taking those jobs probably aren't taking pay cuts to be the almighty copirate on a van
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Re: Skylink Express

#31 Post by goingnowherefast » Wed Jun 17, 2015 7:05 am

What are some realistic pay numbers for Skylink? Both seats in 208 and 1900, if you have them? If you're just making a silly guess, or quoting the thread from 2008, then I don't want to hear it. Honest answers only please. PM if you'd prefer.

Kinda hard to make informed career decisions with so much BS floating around on here
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Re: Skylink Express

#32 Post by higherthenakite » Wed Jun 17, 2015 6:33 pm

I sent you a reply as to pay, it is current as of two years ago, things may have changed I don't know.

The biggest this is that you make the experience. When I left to go back and work in the bush some guys thought I was making a backwards step. To them I was and another former pilot said "You never worked in the bush, it is the best flying you will never experience"

I worked for Skylink for two years. Started on the Van and went right seat in the 1900. Learned a lot went to some cool places. Flew across the country and back on their longest charter they ever had at the time.

Every company culture is different, you might mesh you might not. Not sure I did. Met the owner once on the ramp seemed like a nice guy.

Oh and most of you are thinking by now "Does this guy have the gonads to tell who he is"

Dam right I do my name is Steve Hogg, I probably didn't leave on amazing terms but I would go back if they let me do it in the winter as I am a crop duster now and make my former annual salary in about 2 months.

My biggest thing to anyone working anywhere be aviation or not. You make the experience and the connections. Learned a lot there and learned a lot since.

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Re: Skylink Express

#33 Post by goingnowherefast » Thu Jun 18, 2015 5:00 am

Thanks all!
I made more flying right seat in a King Air than they pay their 208 Captains.
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Re: Skylink Express

#34 Post by rashidn » Wed Jun 24, 2015 11:33 am

You know I read this and all these guys talk about money and how bad it is... The fact that a lot of people will do it once offered is the thing that makes me laugh. Don't complain about money. Skylink is a job. A pretty good one in my opinion. If you can't afford it then you shouldn't have decided to get into aviation. You failed to research the industry you wanted to enter. It ain't the best but tell me exactly what the best is... Air Canada...Jazz.. WJ? There is no perfect company to work for. We are all in the same boat trying to build our experience.
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Re: Skylink Express

#35 Post by rashidn » Wed Jun 24, 2015 11:35 am

goingnowherefast wrote:Thanks all!
I made more flying right seat in a King Air than they pay their 208 Captains.

Yeah you probably did...I guarantee it wasn't near civilization. Living it up in the cold north ain't much of a living.. I'd prefer making less and live in Southern Ontario or Halifax or Vancouver or Winnepeg.
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Re: Skylink Express

#36 Post by goingnowherefast » Wed Jun 24, 2015 4:50 pm

Actually it was in Winnipeg, although that's not saying much knowing the Skylink pay. A little bit of seniority at most of the companies in Winnipeg (except Keewatin), and you'll be ahead of Skylink Caravan captains as a King Air FO.
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Re: Skylink Express

#37 Post by Dizzy D » Fri Apr 15, 2016 7:50 am

Anyone know what captain pay is for the 1900?
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Re: Skylink Express

#38 Post by HiLo » Fri Apr 15, 2016 8:16 am

Way to revive an old thread. I don't think much has changed since last year tho. Don't tell me they're hiring DECs...
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Re: Skylink Express

#39 Post by kmf.kenif » Fri Apr 15, 2016 3:53 pm

HiLo wrote:Way to revive an old thread. I don't think much has changed since last year tho. Don't tell me they're hiring DECs...
You may want to check this post: http://www.avcanada.ca/forums2/viewtopi ... 7&t=108531
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Re: Skylink Express

#40 Post by HiLo » Sat Apr 16, 2016 8:30 am

SkyLink Express is a Canada-wide team of air cargo professional that share...
If they can't proofread job ads for grammar, that scares me.
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Re: Skylink Express

#41 Post by HiLo » Sat Apr 16, 2016 8:35 am

Also, Skylink can't seem to decide whether or not they have a bond:
Training / Upgrades:
Pilot hired with a recent, valid PPC on type…
No training agreement required
Pilot accepting training / upgrades…
• SkyLink Express invests all training / upgrade costs in the pilot
• Pilot gains all necessary training at no personal cost
Pilot agrees to remain employed with SkyLink Express for 1 year to ensure a reasonable return on our training investment
This is embarrassing....
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Re: Skylink Express

#42 Post by digits_ » Sat Apr 16, 2016 9:26 am

Learn to read before you drag companies through the mud:

Case 1:
Pilot hired with a recent, valid PPC on type…
• No training agreement required

Case 2:
Pilot accepting training / upgrades…
• Pilot agrees to remain employed with SkyLink Express for 1 year to ensure a reasonable return on our training investment




This is embarrassing....
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Re: Skylink Express

#43 Post by HiLo » Sun Apr 17, 2016 10:33 am

digits_ wrote:Learn to read before you drag companies through the mud:

Case 1:
Pilot hired with a recent, valid PPC on type…
• No training agreement required

Case 2:
Pilot accepting training / upgrades…
• Pilot agrees to remain employed with SkyLink Express for 1 year to ensure a reasonable return on our training investment




This is embarrassing....
Wouldn't you need company training even with a recent, valid PPC on type? Presumably the pilots will still have to go through company GS and indoc.
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Re: Skylink Express

#44 Post by bobcaygeon » Mon Apr 18, 2016 9:21 am

HiLo wrote:
digits_ wrote:Learn to read before you drag companies through the mud:

Case 1:
Pilot hired with a recent, valid PPC on type…
• No training agreement required

Case 2:
Pilot accepting training / upgrades…
• Pilot agrees to remain employed with SkyLink Express for 1 year to ensure a reasonable return on our training investment




This is embarrassing....
Wouldn't you need company training even with a recent, valid PPC on type? Presumably the pilots will still have to go through company GS and indoc.
It can be done easily in a day as per CARs
724.115 (23) Transportability of Pilot Proficiency Check

Transportability of Pilot Proficiency Checks from one air operator to another is permitted subject to the hiring air operator providing the following training which shall be specified in the approved operations/training manual:
(a) company indoctrination;
(b) pilot ground and emergency procedures training on each type of aeroplane the pilot is assigned, sufficient to cover the air operator procedures and equipment differences;
(c) standard operating procedures review;
(d) sufficient line indoctrination to allow the pilot to become familiar with the air operator routes and operational procedures. In no case shall this be less than two sectors over typical route segments that the air operator flies; and
(e) the hiring air operator records the PPC validity and expiration date in company records.
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Re: Skylink Express

#45 Post by HiLo » Mon Apr 18, 2016 9:52 am

I see. In practice, are SOPs at different operators really that similar that it doesn't take more than a day of company training? I can hardly imagine handing a new pilot a caravan and sending him SPIFR to a station somewhere to figure it out. That sounds like a recipe for disaster.
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Re: Skylink Express

#46 Post by marakii » Fri Feb 03, 2017 1:47 pm

skylinkexpress wrote:Wow....
Ok. I guess it's time to set the record straight.

1. Yes, we have bonds, or shall we say training agreements. There's no money out of pocket, there's no bank involved, they are simply a written hand shake that says a starting or upgrading pilot will stick around for a year. NOT 2...1.
Some of you think this is outrageous, but I'm sure if you owned a company, hired someone to work for you, spent a few thousand bucks training them, then they bounced using their new qualifications somewhere else, you would do something too.
This has happened to us many times in the past which is why we have them.

2. You can log 208 f/o time as we have it in our COM that the 208 is operated two crew if required.

3. We have weekends off, stat holidays off, crew cars for pilots to use at the majority of our out stations, nice hotels to stay at (breakfast included at one), and only two crew houses company wide. Yes we have to off load the plane at the out stations and load them to come back, but we also get to dress casually.

Now, with that being said, like every company out there, we have room to grow and improve. No one here will deny that.
But to make stupid comments like "It's one of the worst operators in the country to boot" and "Run away and don't look back" is just plain ignorant.

Hello

What would be a realistic total time to get on as a FO on the caravan or 1900 today?
Thank you
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Re: Skylink Express

#47 Post by 7507 » Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:06 am

skylinkexpress wrote:
Mon Jun 15, 2015 6:54 pm
In an effort to set our record straight for the readers on this forum, here is our SkyLink Express!
Brantford Beech Boy wrote:Is the whole op still run out of Dick's home basement office?

BBB
SkyLink Express facilities…
- YQM is home to our SOC Centre, which contains System Ops Control, MTC Control, Quality Assurance, Tech Records and Stores
- YYZ area has our HQ and Accounting Offices
- YVR, YWG, YHM, YMX, YHZ are our Pilot bases
- YVR, YWG, YHM, YMX, YQB, YQM, YHZ, YYT are our maintenance facilities

Hope this assists your understanding of our corporate footprint from coast-to-coast.
boeingboy wrote:Sorry - you have me confused with someone else.

I never wrenched there. Never flew there - nor would I want to.
Our sentiments exactly whenever we read any of your posts involving SkyLink Express!
You must have us confused with another company as you have yet to post a single truthful fact about us.
Instead you repeatedly attempt to reinforce your own self-worth from atop an anonymous soapbox by erroneously slandering an entire team of over 100 aviation professionals with complete fabrications.
Focus your posts to what you actually know because, whether you are a disgruntled employee or not, it’s obvious you know nothing about us.

Now, more of what we truely are.

Our team focus is on,
- Safety first and foremost as without it we have nothing.
- Solid SOPs to provide pathways to maintain our safety, performance, and client satisfaction.
- Sincere and open communication at every level to allow our team to adapt, find solutions, and improve daily.
- Stable contracts to provide long-term employment for everyone on our team, revenue to keep the lights on, and the means to grow with the right opportunity.

This is the foundation every person at SkyLink Express builds their day upon to safely and effectively operate as a team.
We simply empower each team member with what they need, and as professionals, we collectively get the job done safely, efficiently, economically and to our client’s satisfaction.

Nice words; easy to type; not as easy to live by!
Agreed, perfect plans rarely equal perfect performances.
This is especially true in aviation so our team constantly seeks ways to improve as we all know perfection is a myth.

After more than 20 years of improvements though, our team has many accomplishments to be proud of:
- Safe, gainful employment for over 100 aviation professionals with a substantial portion of the team having 5, 10 or many more years’ service with us.
- Recruitment focal point of Westjet, Jazz, Porter, AC, etc. (this is definitely a curse too but it reflects well on the talent existing throughout our team). We have had more than one leave for Cathay Pacific.
- Lasting industry partnerships with our continent-wide clients and vendors.
- Timeless relationships with training schools to offer real aviation employment that considers class schedules.
- Surviving multiple economic down-turns and expanding our company into the largest regional courier feeder operator in Canada.
- Operating the largest fleet of B1900C and second largest C208 fleet in Canada
- Expanding to 1200 monthly departures to more than 30 North American cities
- Building a Sr. Management team comprised entirely of Pilots and AMEs who approach each decision with those hats still firmly in place.

Yes, SkyLink Express is a business, but some on this forum seem to think businesses are faceless bricks and mortar; rather, they are people who found their own reasons (pay, schedule, lifestyle, etc.) to join a corporate team and help the company move forward every day.
Hopefully by better understanding our company and the calibre of people on our team, professionals on this forum will have even more reasons to view SkyLink Express as the great air cargo carrier it has become over the years.
We’re also hopeful by setting the record straight here we may assist certain unprofessional types on this forum from thoughtlessly, anonymously and erroneously slagging the great people who are our SkyLink Express team.

Thank you for the great info even though it's from 2015 but probably hasn't changed a whole lot.

I'm going to ask the same question as the previous poster asked (marakii) and hope to get some comments.


What kind of times are you looking for in the right seat of the caravan and 1900 ? Will you look at someone with 750 hours or so and other aviation experience (non flying)?

Thanks
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Re: Skylink Express

#48 Post by JohnnyHotRocks » Mon Dec 04, 2017 11:33 am

Send a resume and see!
You should apply to every job you WANT, not just the ones you think you might be qualified for.
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Re: Skylink Express

#49 Post by 7507 » Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:56 am

With the low FO salary and the pilots working 3 days a week are you allowed to work any where else a couple days a week to make ends meet or do they not allow this?
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Re: Skylink Express

#50 Post by 7507 » Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:11 am

7507 wrote:
Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:56 am
With the low FO salary and the pilots working 3 days a week are you allowed to work any where else a couple days a week to make ends meet or do they not allow this?
thanks
Also I hear they do 3 weeks day flying and 3 week rotation night flying.

Are the days minimum 12 hours away starting at 6 am and midnight on the night shift?

Any skylink pilots that can confirm would be nice and thanks.
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